Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Alain Caron
It was a life too brief for a player whose career spanned twenty years, if only one full NHL season. Caron played in an assortment of minor pro leagues, one of the best scorers around. His skating was weak and he was slow, but when he got into the offensive end he could bury the puck like few players around.

But like many others, Caron played during the height of the Original Six and as a result saw no time in the NHL. After graduating from Chicoutimi in the Quebec junior league, he played for the Quebec Aces and then embarked on a tour of minor-pro duty. With Amherst in 1961-62 he scored a league-leading 76 goals and 122 points, and the next year he scored 61 more for the St. Louis Braves even though he didn't play the full season.

It wasn't until the Oakland Seals claimed him in the Expansion Draft in 1967 that he made it to the NHL, and after one season he was traded to Montreal, played two games with the Habs, and was out of the NHL for good. Caron made his way to the Nordiques in the WHA in 1972 for a three-year stint, but by 75 he was down in the North American Hockey League playing for the Beauce Jaros. There, at age 38, he scored a league-high 78 goals in 73 games, but that summer, 1978, he suffered a heart attack and had to retire. A decade later, another massive heart attack killed him.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1956-57 Dolbeau Dragons QJHL 45 69 48 117 118
1957-58 Chicoutimi Sagueneens QHL 61 8 9 17 26 6 0 0 0 0
1958-59 Chicoutimi Sagueneens QHL 56 15 18 33 67
1959-60 Quebec Aces AHL 38 9 4 13 16
1959-60 Sault Ste. Marie Thunderbirds EPHL 25 10 4 14 4
1960-61 Quebec Aces AHL 9 5 1 6 2
1960-61 Sault Ste. Marie Thunderbirds EPHL 35 11 6 17 16
1961-62 Amherst Ramblers NSSHL 45 76 46 122 29 4 7 7 14 4
1961-62 Quebec Aces AHL 1 0 0 0 0
1961-62 Amherst Ramblers Al-Cup 8 9 4 13 4
1962-63 St. Louis Braves EPHL 54 61 36 97 22
1962-63 Charlotte Checkers EHL 13 10 5 15 7
1963-64 St. Louis Braves CPHL 71 77 48 125 22 6 6 2 8 6
1964-65 St. Louis Braves CPHL 60 46 19 65 31
1964-65 Buffalo Bisons AHL 5 0 0 0 2
1965-66 Buffalo Bisons AHL 72 47 29 76 28
1966-67 Portland Buckaroos WHL 71 35 25 60 24 4 0 0 0 2
1967-68 Oakland Seals NHL 58 9 13 22 18 -22
1967-68 Buffalo Bisons AHL 6 8 2 10 2
1968-69 Montreal Canadiens NHL 2 0 0 0 0 0
1968-69 Houston Apollos CHL 68 38 27 65 37 3 0 0 0 0
1969-70 Montreal Voyageurs AHL 71 35 30 65 32 8 2 0 2 6
1970-71 San Diego Gulls WHL 70 33 15 48 12 6 1 1 2 4
1971-72 Oklahoma City Blazers CHL 67 22 20 42 28 6 1 0 1 0
1972-73 Quebec Nordiques WHA 68 36 27 63 14
1973-74 Quebec Nordiques WHA 59 31 15 46 10
1974-75 Quebec Nordiques WHA 21 7 3 10 2
1974-75 Michigan/Baltimore Blades WHA 47 8 5 13 4
1974-75 Syracuse Blazers NAPro 1 1 0 1 0
1975-76 Beauce Jaros NAPro 73 78 59 137 26 14 21 13 34 12
NHL Totals 60 9 13 22 18


NSSHL First All-Star Team (1962)
EPHL First All-Star Team (1963)
CPHL First All-Star Team (1964)
CPHL - Scoring Leader (1964)
NAHL Second All-Star Team (1976)
Traded to Quebec (AHL) by Chicoutimi (QHL) for cash, November, 1959. Claimed by California (Oakland) from Chicago in Expansion Draft, June 6, 1967. Traded to Montreal by Oakland with Wally Boyer, Oakland's 1st round picks in 1968 (Jim Pritchard) and 1970 (Ray Martynuik) Amateur Drafts and future considerations (Lyle Bradley, June, 1968) for Norm Ferguson, Stan Fuller and future considerations (Francois Lacombe and Michel Jacques, June, 1968), May 21, 1968. Claimed by Philadelphia (San Diego-WHL) from Montreal in Reverse Draft, June 10, 1970. Traded to Providence (AHL) by San Diego (WHL) for cash, June 7, 1971. Signed as a free agent by Quebec (WHA), August, 1972. Traded to Michigan-Baltimore (WHA) by Quebec (WHA) with Michel Rouleau and Pierre Guite for Marc Tardif and Steve Sutherland, December, 1974. Claimed by Quebec (WHA) from Michigan-Baltimore (WHA) in WHA Dispersal Draft, June 19, 1975.
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